Originally Posted by nategr8ns
dang, why do people ruin their 939 processors when theres so many of us in need of a working one!
hey pioneer, I didn't realize you lived in yakima, cool!
It takes a heck of a lot more than what most people believe to even hurt these chips, actually. They're far more susceptible to damage like bent/severed pins compared to, say, sustained operation at a high voltage and/or high temperature.
Case in point: Look at pioneer's examples. I know he's been running his Opteron in those conditions for a good while now.
To reinforce the point: I've got an Opteron 170 at home that has run 1.7V through it, with nothing but air cooling used on it; moreover, through a battery of stress tests, it worked at a peak temperature (sustained over several unsupervised hours) of around 75 degrees C on its hotter core.
I was trying to see if it could work @ 3.0GHz with any real stability. (It couldn't, sadly.)
The amazing thing is, this chip still works perfectly well today...
My point: Don't underestimate what these CPUs can absorb in terms of voltage and temperature. They are tough little things.